Where can you get the vitamins and minerals you need in the food you eat?
Whole food vitamins – which have all the co-factors present -comes from food, Although you can take vitamin supplements, it is also possible – and is natural – to get vitamins from the food you eat.
Of course, its not always possible to get good food. The amount of iron that Popeye would get in one can of spinach, would now take him 50 cans. Soil depletion, pesticides, have taken their toll. So, vitamin supplementation is always wise.
However, more and more, there are whole food stores where you can get organically grown food.
We are listing the vitamins minerals and what foods you can eat to get them naturally.
Vitamin A (Fat soluble): wheat grass, apricots, romaine lettuce, cantaloupe, mangoes, carrots, raw & juiced, nectarines, collard greens, peaches, hot chili peppers, leaf lettuce, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, spinach, red peppers, yams, tuna, turnip, beet greens, butternut squash, fish & eggs.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)(Water soluble): Wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, rice, ham, fresh peas, beans, lentils, oranges, pork, beef, peanuts, nuts, seeds
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) (Water soluble): Poultry, fish, Broccoli, turnip greens, asparagus, spinach, whole fat yogurt, milk & cheese, liver, eggs, pork, wheat grass, dark greens such as asparagus, broccoli and spinach.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) (Water soluble): Chicken breast, tuna, veal, beef liver, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, carrots, cheese, dandelion greens, dates, eggs, fish, milk, pork, potatoes, tomatoes, salmon, turkey, peanuts, chicken & wheat grass
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) (Water soluble): Salmon, brewer’s yeast, fresh vegetables, kidney, legumes, liver, pork, royal jelly, saltwater fish, torula yeast, whole rye flour & wheat grass
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) (Water soluble): Bananas, avocados, chicken, beef, brewer’s yeast, legumes, carrots, spinach, peas, eggs, brown rice, peanuts, walnuts, oats, carrots, sunflower seeds, potatoes, bananas, peanut butter, turkey and chicken white meat & wheat grass
B7 (biotin): Organ meats, barley, egg yolks, milk, royal jelly, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, cheeses, chicken, fish, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, pork, potatoes, and spinach,
B9:(Folate) Asparagus, garbanzo beans, endive, lentils, lima beans, mustard greens, pigeon beans, pink beans, pinto beans, spinach, strawberries, white beans, bananas, melons, lemons, lemons, legumes and eggs.
Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) (Water soluble): This vitamin is found only in animal products. Organ meats, clams, ham, cooked oysters, king crab, salmon, tuna, beef, liver, blue cheese, milk, shellfish, meat, cheese and eggs.
Vitamin C: Red and green peppers, Brussels sprouts, blueberries, cabbage, sauerkraut, oranges, cauliflower, wheat grass, pink grapefruit, strawberries, mustard greens, kiwi fruit, orange juice, broccoli, cantaloupe, asparagus, avocados, collards, dandelion greens, kale, lemons, mangoes, onions, radishes, watercress. For more information and a whole food supplement Vitamin C
Calcium (Mineral): Sardines, milk, cheese, yogurt (all dairy products except butter), kale, peas, beans, salmon, collards, beet, broccoli, turnip, spinach (most dark, leafy greens), mackerel, ocean perch, tofu, almonds, blackstrap molasses, Chinese cabbage, green cabbage, cauliflower, figs, oranges, sesame seeds, raisins, chick peas, kelp, rhubarb, carrots
Chromium (Trace mineral): Brewer’s Yeast, broccoli, ham, grape juice, brown rice, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken, corn, dairy products, eggs, potatoes, wine & beer.
Copper (Trace mineral):: Shellfish, nuts, seeds, cocoa powder, beans, calves liver, avocados, barley, beets, broccoli, lentils, oats, oranges, radishes, raisins, salmon, green leafy vegetables and wheatgrass.
CoQ10: Broccoli, dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, oils, fish, shellfish, pork, chicken, beef, oranges, strawberries.
Vitamin D (Fat soluble): Sun exposure, sardines, salmon, eggs, herring, liver, tuna, cod liver oil, margarine.
Vitamin E: Vegetables & nut oils (not soy) safflower, spinach, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, almonds & wheat grass
Folacin: collards, spinach, asparagus
Folate B9: Asparagus, garbanzo beans, endive, lentils, lima beans, mustard greens, pigeon beans, pink beans, pinto beans, spinach, strawberries, white beans, Pinto beans, navy beans, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, okra, Brussels sprouts, barley, beef, bran, brown rice, brewer’s yeast, cheese, chicken, dates, green leafy vegetables, lamb, legumes, lentils, liver, milk, oranges, split peas, pork, tuna and eggs. (note Folic acid is the synthetic form of B found in processed foods and some vitamin pills)
Iodine (Mineral): Iodized salt, shellfish, saltwater fish, milk, seaweed. and eggs.
Iron (Mineral): (High): White beans, spinach (Good Sources): beef, baked potatoes, clams, eggs, fish, pumpkin seeds, all types of liver; green leafy vegetables, nuts, avocados, beets, brewer’s yeast, dates, peaches, pears, sunflower, sesame and squash seeds, oysters. garbanzo beans, lentils, lima beans, dried prunes, raisins, pink beans, winged beans & wheat grass
Vitamin K (Fat Soluble): Green leafy vegetables including spinach, kale, cauliflower, broccoli & wheat grass.
Vitamin K2: high-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows, liver and other organs, as well as egg yolks, sauerkraut.
Lutein (eye health): Dark leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, egg yolks, red and yellow peppers, sweet corn, avocados, raspberries, cherries, Paprika
Magnesium (Mineral): Brown rice, avocados, spinach, haddock, oatmeal, navy beans, lima beans, broccoli, yogurt, bananas, baked potatoes, apples, apricots, brewer’s yeast, tofu, cantaloupes, grapefruit, green leafy vegetables, lemons, nuts, salmon, sesame seeds
Manganese (Trace mineral): Wheat germ, seeds, nuts, cocoa, shellfish, tea, dairy products, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, brewer’s yeast, cantaloupe, grapefruit, green leafy vegetables, peaches, figs, salmon, tofu & wheat grass
Molybdenum (Trace mineral): Beans, milk, milk products, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, peas, meats.
Phosphorus (Mineral): Halibut, salmon, chicken breast, lean ground beef, oatmeal, lima beans, broccoli, asparagus, dairy products, eggs, dried fruits, highly carbonated beverages (too much usually), legumes, nuts, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower seeds.
Potassium (Trace mineral): Wheat grass, dried apricots, baked potatoes, bananas; for a full list see below.
Selenium (Mineral): Lobster, Brazilian nuts, shellfish, whole grains, organ meats, brown rice, poultry, broccoli, dairy products, onions, salmon, tuna, torula yeast, vegetables, wheat grass & eggs.
Silica – celery, peppers, carrots, potatoes, and beets. hemp leaves, nettles leaves and horesetail (tremendous source), alfalfa, blue cohosh, chickweed, dandelion, horsetail, red raspberry, alfalfa, O-at straw and stinging nettle. red peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers
Sodium (Trace Mineral): Cheese, most meats, especially ham & bacon, cabbage, milk, sardines
Sodium-free Foods: Apples, grapefruit, avocados, kiwifruit, bananas, bell peppers, oranges, cucumbers, potatoes, eggplant, summer squash.
Zinc (Mineral): Cooked oysters, dark meat turkey, beef, lamb, eggs, nuts, yogurt, fish, sardines, crab, eel, lobster, legumes, lima beans, liver, mushrooms, pecans, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, poultry, lentils, pumpkin seeds, azuki beans, avocadoes, green peas, hemp seeds, parmesan cheese, spinach, wheat germ
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Potassium Potassium is essential for maintaining proper fluid balance, nerve impulse function, muscle function, cardiac (heart muscle) function.
Potassium sources: • Potassium is found in bananas, raisins, apricots, oranges, avocados, dates, cantaloupe, watermelon, prunes, broccoli, spinach, carrots, potato, sweet potato, winter squash, mushrooms, peas, lentils, dried beans, peanuts, milk, yogurt, lean meats.
Many foods are naturally high in potassium. –
1 can (7 oz/ 200g) sockeye salmon – 1,391mg
1 medium California avocado – 1,097mg
1/2 pkg (5 oz/ 140g) spinach – 824mg
1 medium stalk broccoli – 526mg
1/3 cup natural sunflower seed kernels – 331mg
1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes – 290mg
1 Tbsp Dutch process unsweetened cocoa powder – 254mg
2 Tbsp peanut butter – 214mg
1/8 tsp potassium-salt substitute – 325 to 500mg
Calcium rich foods:
Swiss cheese 1 slice (1 oz.) 272 mg
Red salmon 1/2 cup (3-1/2 oz.) 259 mg
Ricotta 1-ounce 257mg
1 oz. cheddar cheese 204 mg
1 oz. American cheese 174mg
3 oz. sardines with bones 345mg
3 oz. salmon with bones 99mg
3 oz. shrimp, canned 145mg
4 oz. tofu, processed with calcium sulfate 145mg.
1 cup oysters 90mg
1/2 cup collards 179mg
1/2 cup kale 103mg
1/2 cup bok choy 126mg
1/2 cup turnip greens 126mg
Magnesium rich foods:
Kelp 100 grams 760mg
Alfalfa 100 grams 230mg
Avocado, Florida, 1/2 med 103mg
Almonds, dry roasted, 1 oz 86mg
Seeds, pumpkin, 1/2 oz 75 mg
Nuts, mixed, dry roasted, 1 oz 66mg.
Spinach, cooked, 1/2 c 65mg.
Peanut butter, 2 Tbs. 50mg
Avocado, California, 1/2 med 35mg
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